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Health News

December 2007

Clinical trial & error

Posted online: Sunday, December 30, 2007
The first-ever AIDS vaccine trial announced in 2005 ended in failure last month as the vaccine did not "elicit the acceptable immune response" among the volunteers. Understanding clinical trials on humans in India—the ethics and the steps involved

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Polio can be eradicated from India in two years: WHO

Dec 30, 2007, IST , PTI
NEW DELHI: Despite fresh cases of polio being reported from the capital as well as neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the World Health Organisation is confident that the disease can be eradicated from India within two year

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Cong alleges Rs 2-cr health scam in MP

Dec 29, 2007, IST , TNN
BHOPAL: BJP may be buoyed by its electoral success in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh but its worries in Madhya Pradesh seem to be far from over.

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Congress sees scam in clearing mobile health units tenders

Dec 27, 2007
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress president Subhash Yadav on Wednesday demanded immediate dismissal of State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi alleging large-scale corruption in clearing tenders to run mobile health units in 80 tribal-dominated blocks of 18 districts.

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AstraZeneca denied patent for anti-ulcer drug

27 Dec, 2007, IST,Khomba Singh, TNN
NEW DELHI: In another setback for AstraZeneca, the Indian patent office has turned down the company's patent application for a new formulation of anti-ulcer drug Omeprazole.

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Thrust on health in XI Plan

Dec 27, 2007
NEW DELHI: The 11th Five Year Plan aims at inclusive growth by introducing Sarva Swasthya Abhiyan that will find solutions for strengthening the health services and focus on neglected areas and groups.

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Drug-resistant TB infecting HIV+ in India

26 Dec 2007, IST, Kounteya Sinha, TNN
NEW DELHI: Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the untreatable form, has now started to infect India's HIV patients.

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500th polio case reported despite claims of campaign success

New Delhi | December 26, 2007 IST
A two-year-old boy in the national capital is the latest victim of polio, making him the 500th case in the country this year, but health officials claim India seems to be winning the battle against the fast-moving, virulent type 1 strain of the disease.

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"78 per cent of pregnancies in the country are unintended"

Dec 24, 2007
NEW DELHI: The primary reason for unsafe abortions in India is unplanned pregnancies and 78 per cent of pregnancies in the country are unintended and at least 25 per cent are unwanted, according to Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI).

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Infant's death raises starvation issue

Dec 23, 2007, IST, TNN
KANPUR: Recently sold to safe hands and then forcibly returned to his penurious parents allegedly by the local administration in Banda, the perennially malnourished four-month-old Chandan finally passed away on Friday.

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Malnutrition worse than sub-Saharan Africa

Dec 22, 2007, IST , Nitin Sethi , TNN
NEW DELHI: Here is a macro view of the health crisis the failing public distribution system is causing in the country.

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Toxic water: HC demands Punjab govt's reply by Jan 22

22 Dec 2007, IST , Vishal Sharma , TNN
CHANDIGARH: Sometimes, when the executive is lying in a dormant state, judicial intervention offers the way to vulnerable people to wriggle out of the mess they are in.

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Global Fund renews grant to India

Dec 21, 2007
NEW DELHI: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has renewed its grant to India, worth more than $100 million for the next three years. This agreement was signed here on Thursday by Michel Kazatchkine, Fund executive director, and Prashant, director in the Department of Economic Affairs.

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Polio cases in Bihar doubled this year

20 Dec 2007, IST , TNN
PATNA: A series of much-trumpeted Pulse Polio drives notwithstanding, polio cases in Bihar doubled to 139 this year from last year's 61

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India's battle against AIDS gets $100mn boost

New Delhi | December 20, 2007 IST
The Global Fund, a Switzerland-headquartered international charity, will provide a $100 million grant to India for battling HIV/ AIDS.

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80,000 women die during abortions every year in India

Dec 20, 2007, IST, PTI
BANGALORE: Around 11 million abortions are carried out in India every year and nearly 80,000 women die during the process, according to an expert

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Pact signed to improve Delhi hospitals

Dec 19, 2007
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Quality Council of India with the time-bound objective of attaining National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) quality standards in all its hospitals and medical institutions within three years.

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46 per cent girls below legal age forced to marry: Survey

Dec 19, 2007, IST , PTI
MUMBAI: About 46 per cent of girls are forced to marry even before they attain legal marriageable age, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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PDS can become albatross around our neck: Chidambaram

Dec 19, 2007, IST, PTI
NEW DELHI: Barely a week after the PM's call for a re-look at subsidies, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday came down heavily on the inefficient ways of the Public Distribution System (PDS) saying that a majority portion of subsidised grains does not reach the target group.

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Water turns poison in Punjab villages

Dec 18, 2007, IST , TNN
MAHAL (AMRITSAR DISTRICT): Bordering a grey putrid open drain filled with untreated industrial waste, Mahal looks like any other Punjab village — yellow mustard fields, eagle-shaped water storage tanks and homes displaying photographs of young men who have migrated abroad.

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Two-time rise in polio cases in Bihar this year

Dec 15, 2007
Patna , (Bihar Times): Bihar's health minister, Chandra Mohan Rai, while talking to a section of media conceded that till the first week of December the state had witnessed 129 new cases of polio––which is more than double than last year's figure of 61.

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Boost to infant health care

Dec 14, 2007
BHUBANESWAR: Orissa's infant health care is set to receive a shot in the arm, with the State Health and Family Welfare Society signing an agreement with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

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Centre plans to recognise foreign medical degrees

Express News Service Posted online: Saturday, December 15, 2007
New Delhi , December 14, 2007
In a move likely to benefit Indian doctors settled abroad and willing to come back to India, the Government has proposed to recognise medical degrees of other countries.

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'Illegal abortion rate high in state'

Dec 13, 2007, IST, TNN
AHMEDABAD: In a shocking disclosure, medical experts in Ahmedabad revealed that on an average five lakh illegal abortions take place in the state every year. The figure swells to 60-70 lakh in India.

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Child malnutrition a major challenge: UNICEF

Dec 13, 2007
NEW DELHI: Malnutrition among 35 per cent children aged below five and close to 9.4 million children outside the immunisation network is the biggest challenge that India needs to overcome to achieve the millennium development goals.

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Another survey on cancer in Bathinda

Dec 13, 2007, IST, Balwant Garg,TNN
BATHINDA: The state government has decided to conduct yet another survey on the number of cancer cases in this belt. But nothing concrete ever emerges, and people continue to fight a lonely battle against the disease, mortgaging and selling their land and belongings.

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Govt vows to act against erring docs

Dec 11, 2007, IST , Sanjeev Kumar Verma , TNN
PATNA: A day after serving showcause notices to erring doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital, who were found to be missing from duty during a surprise check conducted by health department officials recently, the state government on Monday reiterated its stand to take stern action against them.

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Migrant children to get extra dose of polio vaccine

Dec 11, 2007
CHENNAI: The recent reporting of a polio case from Bangalore, with a two-year-old child of a migrant worker being affected, has revived Tamil Nadu's apprehensions about migrant populations bringing back the polio virus into the State.

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Web portal on health information

Dec 10, 2007
NEW DELHI: Making appointments with doctors instantly online without any hassle is just one of the features that a recently launched web portal www.doctoratclick.com is promising users.

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MCI team to inspect Medical Colleges

Dec 10, 2007
Patna: Even as several doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) were found absent during a surprise check by Bihar authorities, the Medical Council of India will send a team here to assess the infrastructure of the PMCH and Anugraha Narayan Magadh Medical College in Gaya in view of he State Government's move to increase the number of seats.

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Metals in water up kidney risk in Punjab

Dec 9, 2007, IST, Priya Yadav, TNN
CHANDIGARH: The high concentration of metals, especially cadmium and mercury, found in groundwater in Punjab has made the residents vulnerable to renal damage and is contributing to the increasing incidence of kidney failure.

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Mass drug administration programme to check incidence of lymphatic filariasis

Dec 9, 2007
PUDUKOTTAI: Mass administration of Diethylcarbamazine Citrate (DEC) tablets to check the incidence of lymphatic filariasis will be revived in the district on December 27.

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Drug information centre opened

Dec 8, 2007
CHENNAI: For most people, it is not just the doctor's prescription that is unintelligible; they do not quite understand how the pills work for them, or even against them.

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A pilot project to keep students healthy

Dec 7, 2007
MADURAI: It is catching them young for their good health. An initiative called 'Hb 12 X 12' has taken up in a Corporation girls' school here as a pilot project to test and improve the haemoglobin level of students at the age of 12 years.

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India needs improved regimen of anti-retroviral drugs: expert

Dec 7, 2007
CHENNAI: India needs to switch to an improved regimen of anti-retroviral drugs to cut down the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission, says Philippe Van De Perre, an HIV expert of the University of Montpellier, France.

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Govt may shelve rural stint plan for medicos

Dec 7, 2007, IST , Kounteya Sinha , TNN
NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry may shelve its plans of making a one-year rural stint compulsory for all MBBS students from the next academic session.

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Health services under ESMA?

Dec 6, 2007, IST , TNN
PATNA: With the Patna High Court intervening to stop the government doctors from proceeding on strike, the state health department on Wednesday mounted the pressure on doctors and para-medical staff by recommending inclusion of all health services in the list of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

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UN to help UP eradicate polio

Dec 5, 2007
Lucknow: The Director General of World Health Organisation Margaret Chan on Tuesday called on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and extended the UN agency's all possible cooperation for the eradication of polio from the State.

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More people visiting primary health centres

Dec 5, 2007
CHENNAI: Funds have been allotted to 30 Primary Health Centres, including 10 in Tiruvallur district, for upgrading infrastructure to enable them to provide round-the-clock services.

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Medicos protest against rural postings

Dec 5, 2007
NEW DELHI: Medical students in the Capital on Tuesday joined the nation-wide campaign against the proposed introduction of a year of rural posting in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery course.

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Insurance scheme for farmhands to be implemented

Dec 4, 2007
PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister N.Rangasamy held discussions with officials of the Life Insurance Corporation of India on Monday with regard to the implementation of an insurance scheme for farm workers in the Union Territory.

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Health centres in Salem to get more facilities

December 4, 2007
SALEM: Urban Health Posts (UHP) and maternity and child health centres in Salem city will be revamped shortly. Salem Corporation has planned to construct new buildings, renovate the existing structures and equip eight UHPs and nine health centres with modern medical facilities under a comprehensive scheme.

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Docs protest rural service proposal

Dec 4, 2007 , Sanjeev Kumar Verma , TNN
PATNA: Hundreds of junior doctors in Bihar hit the roads on Monday to register their protest against the proposed Bill of the Union government which proposes one-year compulsory rural service for obtaining a degree of MBBS from March next year.

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Rural India gets bigger in pharma pie

Dec 4, 2007, IST , Rupali Mukherjee , TNN
NEW DELHI: Rural markets are increasingly occupying a larger slice of the pharma pie, showing a sizeable growth year-on-year. These markets now account for 21% of the pharmaceutical market, while metros and cities occupy the majority share.

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Now, health service in Bangalore at a click of a button

Bangalore | December 03, 2007 , IST
People in Bangalore now need not to worry about chronic lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, as a US-based doctor has found a solution to the problem.

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Governor summons Health Minister

December 3, 2007
HYDERABAD: Health and Family Welfare Minister Sambani Chandrasekhar on Sunday appeared before Governor N.D. Tiwari in response to the latter's summons seeking an explanation on the prevalence of fevers in the agency of Adilabad district.

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Spreading awareness, fighting the stigma

December 2, 2007
NEW DELHI: Red Ribbon Express will cover 180 stations and hold programmes in over 50,000 villages across the country.

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Make HIV testing mandatory before marriage: Minister

Dec 2, 2007
"I will propose such legislation at next Cabinet meeting"

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NIMHANS unable to cope with increasing number of patients

December 2, 2007
BANGALORE: Doctors say they are forced to limit the number of patients. Government urged to set up outreach centres in other parts of the State.

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Naco looks at quacks to combat STD, AIDS

Dec 1, 2007, IST , Kounteya Sinha , TNN
NEW DELHI: India's battle against HIV will now enlist help from an unusual quarter — quacks. For the first time ever, the National Aids Control Organisation (Naco) has decided to zero down on the most popular quacks, consulted frequently by the rural poor for treating various sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and include them in the country's Aids control programme.

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500 encephalitis deaths in U.P., says Anbumani

Dec 1, 2007
NEW DELHI: Nearly 500 people have so far lost their lives to Japanese encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh this year, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

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Police, women health workers clash

Dec 1, 2007
Patna: Several auxiliary nurses and midwives and women constables were injured on Friday when the police forcefully intercepted a procession here. Police lathi charged and used water cannons to disperse them.

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Women, police in battle in Patna

Dec 1, 2007, IST , Alok Mishra, TNN
PATNA: The Patna police experienced the bitter taste of women's power as activists, under the banner of Bihar Chikitsa Jan Swasthya Karmchari Sah Asha Sangharsh Samiti, captured Dak Bungalow Crossing here for more than three hours on Friday in support of their demands, which included regularisation of their services.

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